• Splendid Fairy-wren

    Splendid Fairy-wren.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Pied Heron, Royal Spoonbill

    Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Pied Heron, Royal Spoonbill.   Photographer: Georgina Steytler

  • Buff-banded Rail

    Buff-banded Rail.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

  • Scarlet Robin

    Scarlet Robin.   Photographer: Bill Harding

  • Gouldian Finch

    Gouldian Finch.   Photographer: Bill Harding

The BirdLife Photography Committee has introduced an exciting ‘Awards’ initiative which commenced on the 1st January 2016.

In each calendar year, starting from 2016, BirdLife Photography will offer a series of awards for various levels of Member engagement.

BirdLife Photography Annual Award

The most prestigious award will be the BirdLife Photography Annual Award.  This award is at the discretion of the Committee and will be presented to a BirdLife Photography financial member who excels in each of the following critieria:

  • at least 24 high quality images submitted to the image galleries through the website during the calendar year,
  • participates in at least 50% of the Current Competitions organised during the calendar year,
  • actively contributes to at least one of a range of BirdLife Photography activities, events, project or resources that benefit our members (as determined by the Committee).

The award will consist of a quality sliced crystal cylinder (sliced = chamfered face) with a frosted white-on-crystal BLP logo and laser inscription, in a velvet presentation case. A photograph of the winning Member and short biography will be incorporated as a permanent record on this website.

Best Competition Photographer of the Year

Awards will also be presented to the Best Competition Photographer of the Year, for each competition level - Entry, Intermediate, and Advanced.

The overall winner for each competition level will be determined by the total number of points accrued during the year, summed across all Current Competitions and for each level of competition. Points will accrue from both Member voting and Mystery Reviewer selections. In each CC level for each competition: Winner = 3 points, Highly Commended = 2 points and Commended = 1 point.  In addition, 1 point will be awarded to all members who enter a competition.

These awards will consist of a BirdLife Photography custom designed 50 mm gold finish coin-style medal, presented in a blue velvet case. The coin will have a coloured enameled BLP logo on the front side and an inscription on the reverse side.

Best Photograph of the Year

Further, there will be awards for the Best Photograph of the Year captured by both a DSLR and non-DSLR camera.

The winner will be chosen by the Committee from a shortlist of images selected by both the Current Competition Co-ordinator and the New Images moderating working group. (* Film SLR photos that have been digitized are included in the DSLR category).

These awards will consist of a BirdLife Photography custom designed 50 mm gold finish coin-style medal, presented in a blue velvet case. The coin will have a coloured enameled BLP logo on the front side and an inscription on the reverse side.

As the Best Competition Photographer of the Year is chosen by the Membership from anonymous photo entries, the Intermediate and Advanced awards will be open to members of the BirdLife Photography Committee. The Committee members may not however, participate in any other award.

Most Improved Photographer of the Year

Finally, the Most Improved Photographer of the Year (Entry to Intermediate transition and/or Intermediate to Advanced transition) based upon the quality of photos submitted in the new competition level during the year, will be acknowledged with a special certificate. The acknowledged photographer(s) will be chosen by the Current Competition Co-ordinator.

The award(s) will consist of a parchment style certificate accompanied by a Newsletter article exhibiting a selection of the Member’s images.

Winners in all categories will be announced in January/ February of the following year.

Recent Picks

Brown Songlark (Image ID 28337)
Brown Songlark
Con Boekel
Viewed: 7
Little Corella (Image ID 28330)
Little Corella
Gary Dunnett
Viewed: 8
White-faced Heron (Image ID 27886)
White-faced Heron
Simon Pelling
Viewed: 72
Superb Lyrebird (Image ID 28322)
Superb Lyrebird
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 21
Victoria's Riflebird (Image ID 28313)
Victoria's Riflebird
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 31
Turquoise Parrot (Image ID 28292)
Turquoise Parrot
Bill Harding
Viewed: 31
Red-kneed Dotterel (Image ID 28304)
Red-kneed Dotterel
Wilson Lennard
Viewed: 27
Weebill (Image ID 28267)
Weebill
Jill Wilson
Viewed: 36
Shy Heathwren (Image ID 28261)
Shy Heathwren
Jill Wilson
Viewed: 53
Terek Sandpiper (Image ID 28250)
Terek Sandpiper
William Betts
Viewed: 28

CONTACT US

The easiest way to contact us is by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Our People page, in the About Us section, contains email links to each of the committee members.